Mananui Bush Walk to the Beach

For such a short walk, the Mananui Bush Walk really packs in a whole mini forest with lots of birdlife. 

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Drive or bike 9 km south from Hokitika, and at the car park walk into the walking track. 

We really enjoyed walking through the dense rain forest with its tall native trees covered in green mosses and small plants. The ferns everywhere were awesome, a true West Coast bush. There was even bird song, especially from the super cute fantails fluttering in and out of the branches all around us.

My 3d video map of Mananui Bush walk

From the car park…

The car park is not very big, it could fit around 5 or 6 cars tops I would think. Follow the walking track through awesome West Coast bush. 

Walking through the bush

It was a nice easy track and really well kept. We didn’t see anyone else on our walk, not sure many people even know about this walk.

Arriving at the beach

As you exit the bush you’ll feel the soft white sand then view the expanse of the beach in front of you. If you love looking for driftwood there’s plenty to choose from. You could walk all the way back to Hokitika on the beach if you wanted to.  As you can see from our photos, not a single person around, we had the whole beach to ourselves.

Quick Facts about the Mananui Bush Walk

  • Location: Hokitika, South Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 620m
  • Time needed: 10 minutes one way or 20 mins return
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: Not really, but you could take a biggie 
  • Route: One way
  • Elevation: 38m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: Dec 2020

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My 3d video map of Mananui Bush walk

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